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Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 11:15

Interesting, Watery, I've also read they prefer water they can smell, eg water that is left to become green. Maybe they associate the smell of your dog with water!

Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 07:07

Would a 30cm container be too small for a mini bog? A bog should have some advantages of a pond, but more child-safe!

Bee watering hole

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 06:45

I read recently that bees like a drink, and a shallow dish with pebbles, kept moist, can provide this. Has anyone done this or something similar? I'm thinking of creating some permanent pots with maybe ramekins or teacups as bee watering holes, with nectar rich small plants like alpines. Alternatively, I could create a bog garden containerwith the same aims. Any thoughts or plant suggestions? Will need to keep it low budget!

 

Why are blackbirds digging the garden

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 05:54

Annoying as it is I'd take it as a compliment. The blackbirds have steadily become more interested as we've improved our soil.

what fruit and veg to grow

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 23:24
I've planted shallots from sets and winter white lisbon spring onions recently

Gloobe Artichoke/Perennial Veg

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 22:38
Thanks! We're in the north. It just gets sun from the west, and not a great deal of that, so may be best off sticking with leaves

Gloobe Artichoke/Perennial Veg

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 14:35

Hi

 

We have a raised bed in partial shade under a fence, roughly west facing. Currently half of it is collonised by elderly strawberries and I've used the other half for greens. The previous owners just dumped compost on top of the existing clay soil. I'm looking into redoing it for perennial veg of some kind.

Does anyone have any experience in growing globe artichoke? Would this spot get enough sunlight for them? Has anyone grown sea beet, wild rocket as a perennial or good king henry, or other perennial veg?

 

Thanks,

 

Bookmonster

 

Winter Veg Growing

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:06

I overwintered spring onions, chard and spinach beet last year, without a greenhouse. As Nin says, this was more something to keep the beds busy and eat in the spring, but  you may be able to pick a few leaves when it's mild.

Plants for wildlife

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:01

Herbs are great for bees and good at surviving drought, so can be good in containers! If you have a small space, remember you will get more pollinating insects if you have a lot of a few things rather than a little bit of everything. It makes the flowers easier to find and they can lazily hop from one bloom to the next!

Plant Ideas Needed

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:25

Thanks for all the ideas, I'll look into them! Plenty of ideas there. It's just hard to come up with things that are bee/hoverfly friendly and have that much height!

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Plant Ideas Needed

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Poorly Pear Tree

Can you help identify the problem? 
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